This £4 million initiative is funded by, Comic Relief with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s Devolved Administrations to support organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK. 


Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights  violations. Up to 3 million women and girls across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, stalking and other violence each year and every week 2 women are killed by a current  or ex-partner. There are some women and girls who are particularly vulnerable to violence, including women who have multiple or complex need such as poor mental health, substance misuse and those who are homeless.

For this reason, this funding initiative will focus on meeting the needs of women who are at risk or experiencing violence AND who have multiple and complex needs.

Funding available

Proposals  are welcome from across the UK. The initiative expects to make up to 40 grants of between £60,000 and £120,000 for between one and three years. Grants may be larger than £120,000 to those bidding in partnership with  others.

The scheme is expected to be a highly competitive funding initiative, so applicants must clearly demonstrate how they will address or more of the aims listed.

Aims of the fund

This funding is exclusively focused on women and girls with multiple and complex needs and aims to:

  • enable organisations to better support women and girls within the target groups
  • showcase how women and girls’ lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy
  • provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches
  • enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support
  • support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector
  • improve access to support women and girls with complex needs in less well-served communities


  • Applications are welcome from a broad range of work that demonstrates an understanding of the gendered causes of violence against women, and that tackles causes and/or consequences. This may be through preventative/early action measures, crisis intervention, and research and policy work as well as longer-term support.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a clear and specific understanding of the needs of those they seek to support, and provide evidence for why they are best placed to meet them, either alone or in partnership
  • Applicants can apply for core and project funding, as long as they can evidence how they meet the aims and criteria set out
  • Organisations with an existing grant are eligible to apply

To fund out more about the initiative please visit the Comic Relief website through the link provided on the right hand side.